The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the Olympic Virtual Series, a new series of virtual athletic competitions that will take place ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. No, this does not mean the League of Legends has suddenly become an Olympic sport. Instead, the IOC is collaborating with five international sports federations to organise interactive events in games that feature their sports.
The Olympic Virtual Series begins on May 13th and concludes on June 23rd. Here’s the current list of federations and the games for which they’ll be staging events:
- A Gran Turismo competition will be held by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile.
- The Union Cycliste Internationale will hold a competition for Zwift, a simulated cycling and running app that can be used for indoor exercise.
- A battle for Konami’s eBaseball Powerful Pro Baseball 2020 will be held at the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
- Virtual Regatta, an online sailing and regatta sailing strategy game, can compete at World Sailing.
World Rowing does not yet have an official game attached to it; a press release only mentioned a “open style” in passing. According to a spokeswoman for the World Rowing Championship, more details will be released soon.
There are also a lot of unknowns about the Olympic Virtual Sequence. It’s also uncertain who will participate, how to sign up to compete, what awards will be awarded (will anyone win a Gran Turismo gold medal? ), and when the competitions will take place. More information will be released shortly, according to the IOC.
Future virtual series may have more sports. The IOC stated that FIFA, the International Basketball Federation, the International Tennis Federation, and World Taekwondo have all “reported their enthusiasm and dedication to pursuing participation in future versions of the OVS.”